While everyone was watching eclipse on Monday morning, an astrophysicist Jose Maria Madiedo I had a flash that I really wanted to find: the impact of meteors per month during the eclipse.

It was just a flash at 5:41:38 this Monday, January 21st, but for that was enough MIDAS project (System for Detecting and Analyzing the Moon's Impact – Monthly Detection and Analysis System) will capture it. This detection system is a project of the University of Huelva and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia and Madieda participating in it, using generally four telescopes of the Observatory that MIDAS has in Seville " detects the flashing light that occurs when the rock hits high speed against the lunar surface. "Says the researcher.

However, this Monday is all planned to watch the impact and, fortunately, it was possible to catch: "This time even." I set up four additional telescopes to guarantee that I can completely monitor the lunar surface without losing any possible impact that could be generated, "he commented. Hipertektual astrophysicist So, the eight telescopes were directed to the Moon to give hunting to the impact when a collision occurred.

This is the first shock recorded during the eclipse and "a historical fact for astronomy," says Madiedo. But apart from that curious fact, too It has great scientific value. And that's because watching the blink of a blow allows calling Impact statisticswho give information on the likelihood that the object of a certain size of the collision against the Moon or against the Earth itself, he explains. Hipertektual. Therefore, it is important to increase the number of analyzed flashes because in this way statistics will be "more precise".

The second point for which this influence is interesting to the researcher is this It serves to "improve theoretical models describing the impacts"that is, these divisions have "parameters that are not yet sufficiently known". Therefore, this shock during the eclipse can have "great importance" for determining these parameters of "more precise form," says Madiedo.

Are the effects frequent?

The conflicts of objects against the Moon and the Earth are continuous, as Madiedo points out. "Most affect the Moon they create terribly weak flashes, because they produce a small rock"So, the greater the size of the rock and the faster the speed, it's the glittering flash and can be seen longer." The satellite has several small impacts of meteors, the greater the impact of stones are less current. "The effect of past eclipses is brighter than usual, so belongs to a group of less frequent eventshe says.

And what happened after the fall of the meteorite? "Rock." it broke up at the same moment of impact, opening a new crater, creating a flash that detected telescopes, the researcher concludes.